Power of Play

Lhasa, Tibet
Mobile Mini Circus for Children, Kabul, Afghanistan

Life is playfulness.
We need to play so that we can
rediscover the magic all around us.
– Flora Colao

Forte Di Bard, Italy

We are never more fully alive,
more completely ourselves,
or more deeply engrossed in anything,
than when we are at play.
– Charles Schaefer

La Fortuna, Honduras

Creative people are curious,
flexible, persistent, and independent with a
tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.
– Henri Matisse


Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Paris, France

Play energizes us and enlivens us.
It eases our burdens.
It renews our natural sense of optimism
and opens us up to new possibilities.
– Stuart Brown

Umbria, Italy

As we play, we open ourselves
to the exploration of our edges, always
creating new adventures of self-exploration.
– Judith-Annette Milburn

Darjeeling, India

Culture arises and unfolds in and as play.
– Johan Huizinga

Shaolin Monastery, China

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.
– Diane Ackerman

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Play is training for the unexpected.
– Marc Bekoff

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations
to move beyond the bounds of reality.
A stick can be a magic wand; a sock can be a puppet.
A small child can be a superhero.
– Fred Rogers


People tend to forget that play is serious.
– David Hockney


A little nonsense now and then,
is cherished by the wisest men.
– Roald Dahl

Havana, Cuba

A child loves his play,
not because it’s easy,
but because it’s hard.
– Benjamin Spock

Lhasa, Tibet

Play is the exultation of the possible.
– Martin Buber

Washington Square Park, New York, USA

It is a happy talent to know how to play.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Play, while it cannot change the
external realities of children’s lives,
can be a vehicle for children to explore,
enjoy their differences and similarities,
and to create, even for a brief time,
a more just world where everyone is
an equal and valued participant.
– Patrica G. Ramsey


Mobile Mini Circus for Children